Crossrail: Business Case

House of Lords written question – answered on 14th June 2005.

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asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Davies of Oldham on 25 May (WA 9), how the conclusions of the July 2004 Montague report into the fundability of Crossrail that it "cannot confirm the deliverability of the business case" and the statement by the Secretary State for Transport, Alistair Darling on 20 July 2004 that a "major funding challenge" remained to be resolved before the project could go forward" (Official Report, Commons, col. 159) provide sufficient evidence of fundability to justify proceeding with a hybrid Bill.

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Adrian Montague was asked to assess the proposals contained in Cross London Rail Link's July 2003 Crossrail business case. The Montague report, while indicating scope for important improvements, broadly confirmed CLRL's proposals. In his 20 July 2004 statement, the Secretary of State for Transport made clear that, in the light of the Montague report and the Government's analysis of what needed to be done to give effect to the report's recommendations, he was confident that Crossrail should proceed. In particular, powers should be sought by means of a hybrid Bill at the earliest opportunity.

The Secretary of State's 20 July 2004 Statement acknowledged that a major funding challenge remains. Work on this is being taken forward by the Department for Transport and HM Treasury, together with Transport for London, and funding proposals for Crossrail will be brought forward during the passage of the Bill.

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